When it comes to Battlefield 4, for the PlayStation 4, I originally assumed that it was just another first person shooter that people play just to trash talk with their friends. However, when playing for the first time, I realized that this is one game that people need to buy no matter what platform they have.
This is one first person shooter that could question Call of Duty’s multiplayer.
There are good things about Battlefield 4 that impress me. Players who have played Battlefield 3 will feel right at home with Battlefield 4, but there are some differences between the two games. One, is the integration of the commander mode through the use of the second screen experience through your smart phone or tablet. This mode allows users to utilize their Iphone, IPad or Android smart phones and tablets in gameplay.
Another difference is that the are more dynamic environments than in Battlefield 3.
For example, there are larger maps, buildings are more destructible, compared to those in Battlefield 3, which only had smaller enter-actives like walls and smaller buildings. In Battlefield 4 the larger maps make almost everything destructible with the use of the Frostbite 3 engine players can takedown a large skyscraper to the point of collapse changing the entire map for the rest of the session.
Combat in Battlefield 4 is simple and enjoyable because of the DualShock 4’s use of the R2 and L2 triggers as compared to the R1 and L1 on the PlayStation 3’s DualShock 3 controller. The multiplayer count for Battlefield 4 on the PS4 and Xbox One is astonishing with a total of 64 players compared to the 32 multiplayer count on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In most respects acceptable but, I feel that the multiplayer count should have been a little bit higher in order to better compete with the PS4 and Xbox One versions. But the current multiplayer count for the PS3 and Xbox 360 should make gamers happy if they don’t have the PS4 or Xbox One version, though like I said before, the multiplayer count could be a bit higher.
Even though these are good for Battlefield 4 there are some issues that keep it from being that completely perfect game that gamers want. To start, lagging in some, but not all, maps is clearly evident, though it does not happen every time the player is on the maps. Another thing is that the installation files on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are staggering. At best you are looking at a total of 33.9 gigabytes for the PlayStation 4 version while the Xbox One version is a total of 33 GB and is not including the addition downloadable content and patches that have to be installed on to the games
that would make the file even larger, so gamers should keep that in mind.
Another thing is that Battlefield 4 single player mode compared to the Call of Duty franchise with the exception of Call of Duty Ghosts it just seem to lag behind Call of Duty in terms of character development and plot that keeps it form having a continuous storyline like the Call of Duty Modern Warfare series but other than that the story for Battlefield 4 is nothing short of pathetic mainly it just needs improvement to make more competitive against Call of Duty.
As I stated before, Battlefield 4 is an awesome game that has a lot going for it. The game features an impressive multiplayer, dynamic environments and a second screen experience that people want to use. Unfortunately, problems such as lagging in multiplayer maps, story mode that lags behind the Call of Duty Modern Warfare series and a large installation file, gamers should proceed with caution if they are wanting to pick this up for the multiplayer alone, if not wait for a price drop.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
- A vast multiplayer experience with different types of combat.
- The use of the second screen experience via tablet or phone that allows the player to view stats, customize the avatar before you get into a multi-player match without needing to customize the avatar in the game itself.
- A large multiplayer count of 64 players for PS4 and Xbox One as compare to last generations PS3 and Xbox 360 with has a multiplayer count of 24 players.
- Impressive destructible environments that make use of the Frostbite 3 engine.
- New story, unlike the Call of Duty series, unfortunately, the story has very little character progression making you feel like you are sympathizing with the characters creating a limited plot line.
- A very large installation file for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a staggering file size of 33.9 GB for the PlayStation 4 as compared to the 33 GB file size for the Xbox One.
- Lagging is visible when playing most multiplayer matches especially on the smaller multiplayer maps rather than the much larger maps involving tanks, and fighter jets.